Laura Shoe

Apr 222015

Did you just purchase or do you plan to upgrade to Lightroom CC or 6 from an earlier version? If so, the upgrade process is usually straightforward, but it helps to be prepared in case it isn’t. Watch this video for details.


There are two scenarios not mentioned in this video. If you are installing from the Creative Cloud app (shown in the video), and Lightroom CC 2015 doesn’t show in the list of available apps, there are two possible issues:

1. Your computer may not support it. You have to have 64-bit Windows 7 or higher, or Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher.

2. A CC installation glitch that many experienced on launch day. Log out of your CC app, and then log back in. This is also recommended if you successful install it, but then the program won’t start. To log out, click on the Settings wheel, select Preferences, and then sign out and sign in.

Creative Cloud sign out to resolve Lightroom install problems

Watch more free Lightroom CC/6 video series, or download a free 90-minute, “Learn Lightroom CC & 6 New Features” video series with practice files here.

Apr 212015
Lightroom CC 6

Adobe released the new version of Lightroom today! Officially there are two versions, “Lightroom CC 2015″ for Creative Cloud subscribers, and “Lightroom 6″, which is the  stand-alone perpetual-license version. (you’ll read almost no mention of 6 in the Adobe press release, but it is available.) As always, CC subscribers have access to syncing with Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom Web, but otherwise at this point the two new offerings are exactly the same. Nevertheless, Adobe is probably introducing this dual branding to enable it to offer future new features more quickly to CC subscribers.

This is a relatively small update compared to Lightroom 4 and 5, but it does include some nice new features.

Lightroom 6 Major New Features
  • Photo Merge feature for panorama stitching and HDR merge of multiple exposures to increase dynamic range (two fewer reasons for using Photoshop!) Impressively, the resulting files are DNG files – assuming your individual frames were raw files, the resulting DNG is just as much of a raw file, with all of the editing flexibility and advantages of a raw file.



(Note that the HDR feature increases dynamic range, which is the core purpose of HDR. It doesn’t give over-the-top HDR processing looks.)


  • Face tagging to assign people keywords to face regions in photos


faces option 1

  • Performance improvements, including GPU acceleration to improve Develop slider responsiveness, particularly on 4k and 5k high resolution displays
  • Filter brush added to the graduated filter and radial filter tools, to brush on additions or brush away subtractions to/from these filters.
  • Slideshow Ken-Burns-style pan & zoom feature and ability to add up to 10 music tracks
  • New HTML5 web galleries in the Web module




Watch My “Highlights of What’s New in Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6″ Video

The release also includes many smaller feature additions and changes.

Learn Lightroom CC 2015 and 6For complete instruction on all new features and changes, sign up here to download my new FREE 90-minute, 12-video series, “Learn Lightroom CC / 6 New Features”.

This also includes a video on how to upgrade to Lightroom Lightroom CC / 6, and sample files. You can also watch many video tutorials from “Learn Lightroom CC 2015 and 6″ here.

To Obtain Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6, You Have Two Choices

1. Subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription program. The most cost-effective version for photographers is the CC Photography Program, which includes Lightroom, Photoshop, and unlimited syncing of photos from Lightroom to Lightroom mobile for mobile devices, and to Lightroom web. The cost is $9.99 USD/month, and all future updates are included in the price.  If you already are a CC subscriber, you can download the new Lightroom CC 2015 for free.  In my opinion this CC plan is a great deal, but I know it’s not for everyone.

2. Purchase the stand-alone perpetual license “Lightroom 6″. This is priced at $149 USD for new users, or $79 USD to upgrade from any prior version (Lightroom 1-5.) Adobe has honored their commitment to offer this option, but they will not be featuring it, so it will not necessarily be easy to find on Update: here’s the link to purchase Lightroom 6 – it’s toward the bottom of the page. If you’re looking for the upgrade, select the full version, then in the next dialog, change to the upgrade.

For more information to help you make a decision between these two options, including some myth-busting on some widely held beliefs about the CC plan, read my article, “Which Should I Buy, Lightroom CC 2015 or Lightroom 6?”

Read full details of the release here.

Lightroom Mobile New Support & Features – Android and iOS

To encourage users to choose the subscription model, Adobe today also announced the following new Lightroom mobile support options and features:

  • Android Tablet Support: Previously only available on Android phones, now you can sync, edit, organize and share on Android tablets as well.
  • Native DNG support on Android: Android 5.0 (aka “Lollipop”) now allows you to shoot photos in raw, and saves them as DNG files. You can now import those DNG files directly from your Android device.
  • Android SD card support: You can now specify local storage to an SD card rather than internal device storage.
  • TIFF support on iOS: If you’re creating TIFF files on your iOS device, you can now import and edit them using Lightroom.
  • Improved crop experience on iOS:  simplified number of tiles in the crop UI so you can now easily find aspect ratios; added auto-straighten function.



Apr 212015
Lightroom CC 2015 and 6
There Are Two Ways You Can Obtain the New (2015) Version of Lightroom

1. Subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription program, and get “Lightroom CC 2015″. The most cost-effective version for photographers is the CC Photography Program, which includes Lightroom, Photoshop, and unlimited syncing of photos from Lightroom to Lightroom mobile for mobile devices, and to Lightroom web. The cost is $9.99 USD/month, and all future updates are included in the price.  If you already are a CC subscriber, you can download the new Lightroom CC 2015 for free.   I personally think that this plan is a great deal, but I realize that a subscription is not appealing to everyone.

Note that you can also subscribe to the Complete Cloud, which includes all other Creative Suite products (inDesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro, etc) as well as other apps, for $49.99/month. This would be relevant if your interests extend beyond photography to video, graphic design, illustration, etc.)

2. Purchase the stand-alone perpetual license “Lightroom 6″. This is priced at $149 USD for new users, or $79 USD to upgrade from any prior version (Lightroom 1-5.) Here’s the link to purchase the full and upgrade versions of Lightroom 6. For the upgrade, select the full version, and then click on the drop down to change it to an upgrade.

What You Don’t Get with Lightroom 6

As of the release date, April 21, 2015, the only features Lightroom 6 purchasers will not have access to are Lightroom mobile and Lightroom web. (This was also the case with the stand-alone version of Lightroom 5.) With Lightroom mobile, you can easily sync an unlimited number of collections of photos from Lightroom desktop to Lightroom mobile for Apple and Android mobile devices (including Android tablets now), do some basic work on your photos on your mobile devices and and have that work seamlessly sync back to Lightroom desktop.  Lightroom mobile on your mobile devices can also send your mobile device camera photos to Lightroom on your desktop.  With Lightroom web, you can share collections of photos with people by turning on “sync” for collections you want to share in Lightroom desktop, and giving a web link / URL to your friends and clients that allows them to view and comment on your photos.

What You May Not Get with Lightroom 6

Adobe may be going to the trouble of introducing two names for the CC and stand-alone versions so that they have the ability to offer more frequent new-feature updates to CC subscribers. Continue reading »

Apr 212015
Lightroom CC 2015 and Lightroom 6

Here’s a complete list of all the new features and changes in Lightroom CC / 6.  For video tutorials explaining all the features and changes, visit (this Lightroom 6 resources page).

Photo Merge HDR
  • Designed to merge multiple exposures to increase dynamic range. It is not designed to give creative HDR looks, that plug-ins such as Photomatix provide.
  • Access by selecting  two or more raw files, then go to Photo>Photo Merge HDR, or right click and choose Photo Merge > HDR, or Ctl-H.
  • Options to align and auto-tone photos. In the case of elements that have moved between frames, option to deghost the result. Deghosting analyzes local areas and chooses one frame from the series to use in that local area.
  • Resulting file is a 16-bit raw (DNG) file – with all of the editing flexibility and advantages of a raw file!
  • Run in “headless mode”, skipping the dialog and using your prior settings, with Shift-Ctl-H.
  • Often does best with just two or three exposures.

Continue reading »

Feb 062015
Lightroom Mobile 1.3 Segmentation View
Adobe has released Lightroom Mobile 1.3 for iPhone and iPad. This update includes the following new features:

  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo.
  • New Segmented view in Collections gives you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Presentation mode: Allows you to pass your device around to others so that they can view your photos, without worrying about your flags, ratings and adjustments being accidentally changed.

This free update Lightroom Mobile is available from the iOS app store. (Use of Lightroom Mobile requires a Creative Cloud subscription.)

Copying and Pasting Adjustments:

Adjust your first photo. Then tap and hold your finger down to bring up the option to Copy Settings, and then in the next dialog that opens, choose which settings you want to copy:

Lightroom mobile copy adjustment settings

Select another photo. Tap and hold to bring up the option to Paste Settings.

Segmented View:

This allows you to view photos in a collection segmented by year, month, day, or hour. Open a collection of photos into grid view. Tap on the collection name, then choose Segmented. Tap somewhere outside the dialog to close it. This will segment your photos by year.

Lightroom Mobile Segmented View


To change from segmentation by year to segmentation by month, day or hour, tap and hold on the year, and choose another option:

Lightroom Mobile Segmentation Options

Presentation Mode:

In Collections view, tap on the three dots […] in the bottom right of the collection you wish to present. Choose Present.

Lightroom Mobile Presentation View


This will lock access to flags, stars and adjustments so that they can’t be changed as your viewer browses the photos.

If you are in Loupe view and want to switch to presentation mode, click on the Share icon and choose Present from Here:

Lightroom Mobile Presentation Mode 2

Jan 242015
Lightroom-6To give users time to prepare, Adobe has announced this week that when Lightroom 6 is released (no date yet), it will require Mac OS X 10.8 or above (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite), or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. According to Adobe, “Focusing our work on more modern operating systems and architectures allows us to spend more time adding functionality requested by users, including additional advanced imaging features and improving general application performance.”
More information from the Adobe Lightroom Journal post:
  • If your operating system is not supported, you can still use Lightroom 5 and prior versions.
  • If you are running Mac OS X 10.7, Apple offers a free upgrade. For Windows users, here’s information on how to determine whether you are running a 32 or 64 bit version of Windows.

I’d love to hear what new features or improvements you are hoping Lightroom 6 brings – please leave a comment below!

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